Cartedo COVID 19 Challenge

Deadline: June 13th 2020


COVID-19 is impacting us all as we deal with the new normal of social distancing and lockdowns. Misinformation and fake news amplify our fears. Hard realities like loss of income, job insecurity, stalled education, food shortages and lack of clean water, force us to explore unique ways to cope. While we cannot always prevent such impacts, we can be better prepared.

UNICEF has partnered with Cartedo to empower youth across Africa to solve a series of global grand challenges and positively impact communities while developing employability skills. We believe that youth have unique perspectives on these challenges and should be allowed to become knowledge producers. This is your chance to Be seen, Be heard and Be the Change!


This challenge gives youth a voice in exploring how we might empower people and communities to become more pandemic-resilient. We are looking for your ideas to solve real challenges faced by real people just like you. This challenge offers you the opportunity to develop future-ready employability skills like design thinking while contributing to the global efforts to tackle COVID-19.

As you progress through this challenge, you will use a human-centred design approach to discover how COVID-19 is impacting real people in different ways, define these challenges from a human-centred perspective, and develop innovative solutions to these challenges.

You will start by exploring human needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and turn your findings into core challenges faced by real people. By using our tools and techniques you will generate multiple ideas to solve these challenges and prototype solutions to share with people around the world.


Anyone over the age of 14 who identifies as Youth


Get certified in design thinking as you develop products, services and solutions to the challenges faced by people in your community like misinformation & trust, depression, income insecurity and stalled learning. Everyone who finishes this challenge will receive a certificate of participation from UNICEF, acknowledging your positive contribution in the fight against this pandemic.

Unilever Future Leaders Programme 2020 for Graduates across Africa:

Unilever Future Leaders' Programme is a dynamic competition that brings together some of the brightest students from all over the world who want to experience what tomorrow's leadership is all about. Joining UFLL means enrolling in a once in a lifetime challenge where you will be working with real brands and real business cases.

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree
  • A strong academic track record
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • High levels of motivation, enthusiasm and personal initiative and drive
  • Strong analytical skills

Prepr Beyond Covid-19 Global Open Innovation Challenge:

Do you want to get involved in making positive change in your community and beyond?
Join the Prepr Network and explore the four open challenges in the areas of Business, Prevention, Education and Community. Through this initiative, we are bringing together students, startups, employees, and citizens. Learn, get inspired, take action.

This global open innovation challenge is a Call To Action for all communities to collaborate and take action to create innovative solutions for the Covid-19 Challenge. Team up with your colleagues, friends and family, or find a team virtually through the Prepr Network and use this time of social distancing to challenge yourself and help create the future you want to live in.

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Facebook Online Hackathon 2020 for Global Developers (Up to $21,000 in cash prizes)

Submissions are now open for Facebook Online Hackathon, focused on growing communities and driving social impact! They're calling on global developers to #BulidwithFacebook across Messenger, Spark Ar, and, for the chance to win up to $21,000 in cash prizes and Oculus VR Headsets. Also, they'll be sending some free swags to every eligible participating team!

  • First place: $3,000, At least 30 minutes virtual meeting with a Facebook engineer, Oculus Quest 64GB VR Headset
  • Second Place: $2,500
  • Third Place: $1,500

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